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Eshkol Tells All Political Parties to Avoid Electioneering in Army

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Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, who is also Minister of Defense, issued a reminder today to all Israeli political parties today, recalling the fact that, under Israeli law, all electioneering or other political activity among the armed forces is forbidden.

In a letter to the heads of all political parties, Mr. Eshkol urged “strict adherence” to that law and observance of regulations forbidding the use of the army’s name on any political poster, picture or other political campaign material.

Meanwhile, the new political faction now known officially as the “Israel Workers List”–organized by former Premier David Ben-Gurion and his supporters–announced today it would contest not only the Mapai Party’s list for the elections to the Knesset (Parliament) next fall, but also the candidates in the elections to Histadrut, Israel’s federation of labor, and to some major, local Histadrut councils.

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